Hayward brothers living the hockey dream October 28, 2013 Two Murdoch University students have added gold to the trophy cabinet, following a decisive victory in the recent International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament. Elite athletes Leon and Jeremy Hayward Brothers Leon and Jeremy Hayward secured places in the Kookaburras squad, which left Malaysia and Pakistan scoreless before defeating Argentina 9-4 in the final. “We’ve been playing hockey since we were four or five, so to play for Australia is really exciting,” said Leon Hayward. “The series is important because it gives young players like us valuable experience playing at the top level.” 23-year-old Leon and 20-year-old Jeremy grew up in Darwin, leaving their hometown to pursue their hockey dreams in Perth. Both decided to enrol in university while living here. “One of the hockey players suggested Murdoch University because of its Elite Athlete program, which has been great for us,” Leon said. “I’m now about a year and a half into my accounting degree, and getting some experience at a firm in the city.” Jeremy has nearly completed the first year of his Bachelor of Education course and admits juggling training and studies can be tough. “We train three to four times a week and hit the gym regularly, so there’s not a lot of free time,” he said. Elite Athlete Liaison Officer Jason Rickersey said he works with university staff to arrange assignment extensions and deferred exams, so that Murdoch’s elite athletes can focus on their sporting careers. “We also give them advice on enrolment and help them prepare for a career once their playing days are over,” Mr Rickersey said. Jeremy said he hopes his education degree will allow him to travel the world, possibly as an elite hockey coach. “It’s the kind of job which can travel with you – teachers are needed all over the world,” he said. For now, both Leon and Jeremy are focussed on training for a number of upcoming tournaments, and hope to compete in next year’s Commonwealth Games. Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, School of Education, School of Management and Governance Tags: elite athlete program, international super series, jason rickersey, jeremy hayward, kookaburras, leon hayward, murdoch university Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!